Vote Against ALIPAC Video on YouTube
This week, the extremist anti-immigrant group, Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee (ALIPAC), launched a political ad which, incredibly, smears a United States senator for accepting an award from a civil rights organization and announcing that he intends to stand up to bigots. ALIPAC has posted this video to Youtube and sent an email to its supporters, asking them to award it high ratings.
Well, on the one hand, ALIPAC's president, William Gheen, is a relentless self-promoting egomaniac prone to exaggeration who thinks there are 58 states and wants Lou Dobbs to be President of the United States. This past June, he began a letter to the editor to the Charlotte Observer with the statement, "I'm not a murdering racist..."
On the other hand, ALIPAC has been designated a nativist, extremist organization by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League, and an anti-immigrant menace by the Observer. He engages in textbook immigrant bashing, claiming that immigrants are raping and pillaging communities and bringing countless diseases into this country. The poisonous climate in North Carolina with regard to immigrants has been attributed in part to such antics.
Unfortunately, Gheen is an anti-immigrant bigot with a platform. He is a frequent guest on cable television and talk radio, where he is introduced as an "immigration expert," an "expert" who's been quoted as saying that "illegal aliens in this country have set up ethnic cleansing zones, ethnic cleansing zones where if you walk past the wrong sign post, the invisible line, you're under the threat of death."
Gheen is now going after elected officials on both sides of the aisle and established civil rights organizations, such as the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), that have been pushing back against the presence of hate and extremist groups in the immigration debate. Please help us send Gheen and his organization the message that his immigrant scapegoating is unacceptable and we will not stand for his hate-filled stunts.
Go to YouTube and vote against ALIPAC's video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_dUvVcBQFU. Comment on it. Show the world that this group of extremists is not representative of what most people think.
Stand up to the demonizing of our civil rights institutions. Let's stand up to ALIPAC and its hate together. Please forward this email to five of your friends and ask them to sign up for We Can Stop the Hate alerts. Thank you for everything you do. Sincerely,
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